I had a three level fusion one year ago Feb. 8th. I'm doing well, or a lot better than I was unless I over-do it, or do something stupid. My biggest constant pain comes from a change in barometer, as all of us spinal fusion patients know. I live in the mountains of Colorado, and for the past 48 hours we have went from, sunny, to rain, to cloudy, to snow, from warm to cold, it's been a real roller-coaster for 2 days. Yesterday was the worst for the barometer change, I was in more pain than I have been for a long time. I did not do anything stupid, as I have learned my limitations to escalate my pain, so I knew it was from the change in barometer.
I decided to lay on a heating pad most of the day, thinking that would relieve my pain, of course along with the percocets that I've been taking for a year. NOTHING helped. After laying on the heating pad most of the afternoon, I COULD NOT GET UP OFF THE COUCH without assistance. I haven't felt that much PAIN in a long long time!!!
My question is: Why has the heating pad NOW turned out to NOT be my friend anymore? It's the only thing I can connect to my excrutiating pain yesterday. Is it no more heating pad time? I woke up this morning feeling better, but that was after crying myself to sleep and taking 1/2 of a valium.